Friday, March 05, 2010

Folkobit: Fred Wedlock

And there you go: Fred Wedlock, singer of The Oldest Swinger In Town, has died.

Fred started singing to the customers of the pub he was born in - earning sixpence at the age of four, according to his official site. Like Jasper Carrott and Billy Connolly, he built his skills by working the circuit of folk clubs, and earned his wider fame thanks to his sharp wit.

Having had something of a portmanteau career, Wedlock tried proper jobs - teaching, most notably - and assembled a three-decade span of doing this and that. He even spent a spell as HTV's answer to David Dickinson, presenting a series of Bargain Hunters.

Fred, who was 67, had been suffering from pneumonia and died yesterday after a heart attack.